These are not sensationalized tours. The stories we tell are experiences from people we know, stories recounted to us and based on historical fact.
Warren County, OH (Vocus) September 30, 2010
In the historic village of Waynesville, you won’t find Freddy Krueger or chainsaw-wielding madmen. Ohio’s most haunted village has authentic hauntings and paranormal sightings that happen all year round.
October, however, is the peak time for guests to experience hands-on ghost hunting during haunted historic walking tours and a Ghost & Goblet Dinners that combine Waynesville’s rich history with its paranormal past and present.
“These are not sensationalized tours,” said Linda Morgan, Program Chair of Museum at the Friends Home and Tour Guide for the Ghostly History Walking Tours of Waynesville. “The stories we tell are experiences from people we know, stories recounted to us and based on historical fact.”
Morgan, who has collected many of the stories visitors hear on the tour has also witnessed eerie occurrences in her time as a guide.
“We recommend that participants bring a camera on the tour,” said Morgan. “Visitors have photographed ‘orbs’ and other objects which are there, but not, and you don’t know exactly what it is.”
Waynesville’s Haunted October Events:
Ghostly History Walking Tours – Waynesville, Ohio
7:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October 13 – October 30
Experience Ohio’s most haunted village first-hand as you tour historic buildings along Main Street and throughout the Quaker Hill area of Waynesville while learning of ghostly encounters past and present. You begin at the Museum at the Friends Home, a restored boarding home which looks very much as it did when retired Quakers and single school teachers lived there around the turn of the 20th Century.
Location: Museum at the Friends Home, 115 South Fourth Street, Waynesville. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Reservations: 513-897-1607 or http://www.friendshomemuseum.org.
Ghosts & Goblets Dinner and Ghostly History Walking Tour – Waynesville, Ohio
7:00 p.m. Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October
Enjoy fine dining in the historic Inn, with scary tales of the Hammel House past (and present). After dinner guests will take a ghostly walking tour of downtown Waynesville. The evening concludes with coffee, cookies and more ghostly tales as well as a tour of the Museum at the Friends Home. Dinner at the Hammel House Inn includes a harvest salad, Inn Keepers dinner pudding (chicken in a sherry cream sauce with celery suffusing) topped with herb bread crumbs, zucchini and carrots and pumpkin roll for dessert.
Location: The Hammel House Inn, 121 South Main Street, Waynesville. $34.95 per person includes dinner, tour, taxes and gratuity and museum tour. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Reservations Required 513-897-2333 or http://www.thehammelhouseinn.com
More Historical Haunting in Warren County.
Ghosts in the Museums Tour – Lebanon, Ohio
Haunted Harmon Hall - 7:00 p.m. on October 9, 23 & 30
Ghoulish Glendower - 7:00 p.m. on October 8, 16 & 31
Guests will work with the same equipment used by the Spiritual H.O.P.E. Society staff to conduct a real life paranormal investigation while the museum staff provides history and insight into past haunted experiences. The investigation/tour is limited to 12 guests.
Locations: Harmon Hall at the Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Glendower Mansion, 105 Cincinnati Avenue, Lebanon. Tickets are $45 per person and participants must be 12 or older. Reservations: 513-932-1817 or http://www.wchsmuseum.org.
The Golden Lamb – Lebanon, Ohio
Dinner offered nightly
Dine with distinguished guests, past and present. Ohio's oldest Inn and continuously operating business, The Golden Lamb began as a stagecoach stop for travelers between Cincinnati and Columbus and through the years has hosted 12 U.S. Presidents and some of the most prominent literary and political figures of the 19th century. On the 4th floor of The Golden Lamb Inn there is a special room called "Sarah's Room" where many guests have encountered the presence of Sarah Stubbs, a child who lived in the hotel in the 1800´s. Charles R. Sherman, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, who died at the Inn in 1829, also is among the reported ghosts in the building.
Location: 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Reservations: 513- 932-5065 or http://www.goldenlamb.com.
Lebanon Theatre Hauntings – Lebanon, Ohio
Experience an evening of light-hearted Halloween Magic followed by a dark turn into unnerving Paranormal Theatre. Join local magicians Scott Meyer, Sean Owens, and Brahm Corstanje (a.k.a., The Haunted One®), for a memorable evening of Halloween-themed entertainment. The production is rated PG-13.
Location: 10 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon. Tickets are $10. Reservations: 513-228-0932 or http://www.LTCplays.com.
For information on more frightening fun such as Halloween HAUNT at Kings Island visit http://www.ohioslargestplayground.com.
About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio.
The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a progressive destination marketing organization committed to economic growth by increasing overnight and year-round visitors.
Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. The 7.8 million yearly visitors drive an economic impact of $863 million and 10,510 tourism-related jobs.
For additional information, visit http://www.ohioslargestplayground.com or call 800-433-1072.
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground!®
Jennifer Burns, Marketing and PR Manager
513-204-7046 | jburns(at)wccvb(dot)org
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